Coronavirus Disease 2019

Coronavirus Disease 2019

Updated October 23, 2020

Livingston County Health Department (LCHD) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to expand globally. The most up-to-date information on the situation is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On October 9, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) signed an emergency order placing limits on gatherings and requiring face coverings. Questions about state orders can be directed to MDHHS-EO-FAQ@michigan.gov.

Within the October 9th order, the requirement to wear a face covering does not apply to individuals who:

  • Are younger than five years old (except as otherwise provided within section 5 of the order), and, per guidance from the CDC, children under the age of 2 should not wear a face covering;
  • Cannot medically tolerate a face covering;
  • Are eating or drinking while seated at a food service establishment;
  • Are exercising outdoors and able to consistently maintain six feet of distance from others;
  • Are swimming;
  • Are receiving a service for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary;
  • Are entering a business or are receiving a service and are asked to temporarily remove a face covering for identification purposes;
  • Are communicating with someone who is deaf, deaf and blind, or hard of hearing and whose ability to see the mouth is essential to communication;
  • Are actively engaged in a public safety role, including but not limited to law enforcement, firefighters, or emergency medical personnel, and where wearing a face covering would seriously interfere in the performance of their public safety responsibilities;
  • Are at a polling place for purposes of voting in an election;
  • Are engaging in a religious service;
  • Are giving a speech for broadcast or to an audience, provided that the audience is at least six feet away from the speaker;

Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan outlines how we will begin to re-engage while continuing to keep our communities safe.
 

COVID-19 Case Information

Confirmed Michigan Cases
Total Livingston County Cases
154,688
1,925

COVID-19 Cases in Livingston County Residents

Confirmed CasesProbable Cases
HospitalizationsDeaths Recovered
1,633
292
137
33
1,229
Data source: Michigan Disease Surveillance System (MDSS)


Local Response Actions

COVID-19 is spreading in Livingston County. By working together, we can slow it down and save lives. Everyone, young and old, should limit your trips, wear a mask or cloth face covering, and stay at least six feet apart from others. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face. Our individual actions affect the health of our entire community. Social distancing can reduce the spread of disease, prevent our healthcare system from being overburdened, and protect the most vulnerable members in our community from infection. What we do as a community protects us all.
 
The Livingston County Health Department continues to respond aggressively to COVID-19 to keep our residents updated, informed, and safe during this challenging time. Our staff are conducting case investigations, contact tracing and monitoring; disease surveillance and control; and providing situational updates and guidance to the public, media and partners. We are committed to ensuring that Livingston County residents, partners, elected officials, and the media get trusted, accurate information about our local situation and response.


 COVID-19 FAQ

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What are the symptoms of COVID-19?, Symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may appear 2-14 days after exposure and can include:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Individuals who are concerned about their health and experiencing respiratory illness or other concerning symptoms, should call their healthcare provider to discuss their symptoms. The CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker can help you make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care.  Also, consider reading What to Do If You Are Sick with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).


If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. Emergency warning signs include*:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • Bluish lips or face

*This list is not all-inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.

How is COVID-19 spread?,
The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading very easily and sustainably between people. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. This spread can occur between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet), or through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. In general, the more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.
 
COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. Maintaining good social distance of at least six feet is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
 
It may also be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

You cannot tell if someone has a risk of spreading novel coronavirus by what they look like. Stereotypes and discrimination harm public health.
How can I protect myself and others from COVID-19?, There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. You can prevent the spread of illness by practicing everyday healthy habits.
  • Reduce your risk.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing.
    • Avoid close contact with others, especially with people who are sick.
    • Put a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and other people (social distancing).
      • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering.
    • Wear a cloth face cover when you have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. (Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.)
    • Under MDHHS emergency orders, a person responsible for a business, government office, school, or other operation must require face coverings at gatherings (with limited exceptions). 
    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Continue to keep a distance of at least six feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
    • Learn how to make and wear your own face covering.
    • Learn how to properly use your cloth face covering.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Immediately wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    • A list of disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease) is available from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This list includes many commonly used products.
  • Continue to stay home and work from home when you can.
How / Where can I get tested for COVID-19?,
How can I get tested?
Testing is ongoing by local health care providers. Individuals with concerns or symptoms should call their health care provider about testing. If you do not have a primary care provider, some urgent cares and health systems are providing testing (see below). Always call before arriving. This will allow the health care provider to prepare for your arrival.
 
Where can I get tested? Always call your health care provider first.

Drive-up screening/testing:

Other testing locations:

  • Ascent Urgent Care
  • IEP Healthy Urgent Care Brighton
  • Lee Internal Medicine

Click here for more Michigan testing locations.

If I travel, what steps should I take to reduce my chance of getting or spreading COVID-19?,
Travel increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Depending on your unique circumstances, you may choose to delay or cancel your plans. Don’t travel if you are sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. For the most up to date travel information, view travel alerts through the CDC.

If you decide to travel:
  • Avoid close contact by staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from anyone who is not from your household.
  • Wear a mask to keep your nose and mouth covered when in public settings, including on public transportation and in transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Do not travel with someone who is sick.
  • The safest food options: drive-thru, delivery, take-out, and curbside pick-up.
  • Make sure you are up to date with your routine vaccinations, including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and the seasonal flu vaccine.
  • Follow state and local recommendations or requirements after you return from travel.

Where can I direct my COVID-19 questions?,
Health and COVID-19 Questions:
Epidemic Order Questions and Complaints:
Livingston County Health Department:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services:
Long-term Care Facility Complaints:
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs: